Darren Lehmann has a new job at Cricket Australia’s national performance programme – only six weeks after resigning as his country’s head coach and saying he was “ultimately responsible for the culture of the team” after the side’s ball-tampering scandal.
Lehmann left his position as national coach on 29 March after the incident in South Africa which resulted in David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft being suspended. He said then: “This will allow Cricket Australia to complete a full review into the culture of the team and allow them to implement changes to regain the trust of the Australian public.”
The coach chose to resign despite being cleared of any wrongdoing during a saga which has resulted in a review of CA’s methods, and changes too at International Cricket Council level in the way instances of ball-tampering are policed.
Lehmann’s new role is as an assistant to NPP head coach Troy Cooley, working alongside fellow former Australia Test stars Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers as they mentor the next generation of developing international players.
The 48-year-old has agreed an initial appointment until October and will start on 28 May, CA has reported on its website.
Cooley said: “I had a good chat with ‘Boof’ [Lehmann], and he was really keen to continue his coaching. What a great opportunity – having his expert skills in the areas that we need.
“He’ll work with our targeted group of NPS players … they’ll all be able to talk to Darren about playing on sub-continental wickets, get his Twenty20 thoughts, one-day and long-format thoughts about how to play and how to adjust your training.
“To have someone who’s got that experience matching up with our coaching staff, it’s invaluable. Darren has already told me he is relishing the opportunity, so it’s win-win all round.”